Carroll High School was shaken to it's core last week, when Head Football Coach Stacy Watters was killed in a car wreck in Florida.
Now, the Eagles have begun the healing process, naming Watters' interim replacement. Carroll assistant Kenneth Valrie has been promoted to the position of Interim Head Coach.
Valrie will coach the team through the 2012 season, at which time the Ozark City School Board will decide whether to keep Valrie or hire a new coach.
Valrie is entering his third year at Carroll. He spent the past two years as an assistant, including last season on Watters' staff.
Now, he's accepted the task of guiding the Eagles wounded program through the year ahead, and continuing to build on the foundation Watters left behind after his only year at the school.
"We're going to continue to paint his picture," Valrie said. "Like I said, he put in a wonderful staff, so for me, just to enter this position. It's not difficult, because we're going under the same philosophy."
Valrie is an Enterprise native who played on the Wildcats 1979 State Championship Team. He has previous coaching experience at Red Level.
Carroll went 3-7 under Watters last season.